Electric Board of Guntersville (EBG) and TVA were founded on a mission to serve — through reliable and affordable energy, a safe and protected environment and thriving economic development.
EBG provides electricity to 6,500 customers and maintains over 300 miles of electric lines in Guntersville, located within Marshall County, and surrounding areas in North Alabama.
The utility truly shines when it comes to giving to the people they serve. Jason Kirkland, General Manager, EBG says, “We were really able to help a lot of good folks through TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund grants and our matching dollars.”
The first year, they offered small business loans, distributed by the Chamber of Commerce, and in 2021, Kirkland says, “We teamed up with TVA and contributed a total of $10,000 to local young man Thomas Miller, for his Eagle Scout project. The funding helped him make a helipad at Alder Springs volunteer Fire and Rescue department in Albertville, Alabama, in our service area.”
He says, “It is a rural area, known for having bad auto accidents, and is 20-25 minutes from a hospital. Folks with chronic health issues or needing medical attention due to COVID had a hard time getting to a hospital. Now, with the helipad, an air evacuation helicopter has a place to land so anyone in the area with pressing issues can be minutes from having medical assistance. We were encouraged by that project and happy to support Mr. Miller.”
EBD also used matching TVA Community Care Fund grant dollars to provide HVAC upgrades to a local theater group called The Whole Backstage, whose performances help the local economy. In addition, they gave funds to local service organizations Marshall County Home Place, Room in the Inn, Lakeview Community Civic Organization to help with food, shelter, and services for domestic violence survivors.
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